Interview with Loni Ree, Author of Blake’s Bombshell

What can you tell us about your new release, Blake’s Bombshell?

Blake’s Bombshell is the second book the Ryan Family series. It’s a short, steamy romance that follows characters I introduced in Lukas’ Angel. In the beginning, I didn’t intend to write a story about these characters, but one of the main characters, Blake, became a more central character in the other books, and I changed my mind and decided to write their story.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Years ago, a college professor encouraged me to publish my early work, but between work and family, I never found the time. I have always been an avid reader, and after years of dreaming of publishing a book myself, I finally took the time to make my dream a reality.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

This question is too hard to answer. I have read so many books, and I have many favorites. My favorite book of all time is Wrong by Jana Aston. Out of the thousands of books I’ve read in the last thirty years, a handful of them stands out, but Wrong is my favorite of all.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Reading is my escape from the chaos of everyday life, and I like stories that make you forget about the stress in your life for a little while. I love to write the same type of stories that I have always read, and I get caught up in my characters’ lives. The fun part is deciding what they’ll have to go through to get to their guaranteed happily ever after.

What is a typical day like for you?

Every day is a new challenge for me. I have a hectic life between juggling my new writing career and my old healthcare career and my family, I don’t have any free time.

What scene in Blake’s Bombshell was your favorite to write?

I had a great time writing the entire book. At first, I thought it would be a short thirty or so page short story to quickly describe how Lucy and Blake threw a wrench into the Sterling-Ryan/Steele Company merger. The story took on a life of its own and grew until one day, I realized it had become a full novella.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Life is good! I say this about a thousand times a day, and I honestly believe it. I always tell people, if what you’re doing, makes you miserable, move on. Life is too short.

Loni Ree is the author of the new book Blake’s Bombshell.

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Interview with Alexa Summers, Author of Model Behavior

What can you tell us about your new release, Model Behavior?

Model Behavior is book two in my Slow Burn Series. I’m a fan of slow burn romance. After writing a historical/fantasy steamy romance trilogy called Maid for Majesty, under the pen name AJ Phoenix, I wanted to try Contemporary. In my twenties, I worked several jobs within the entertainment industry, and saw the life of those that live in the fast lane. I thought it would be an interesting setting for a series. The first book in the series, Touchdown, was in the sport entertainment world. Model Behavior takes place in the fashion world. There are cameos from some characters from one book to the next, and the books can be read in any order.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My fifth-grade teacher always believed I should become an author and told my parents so. She once entered one of my stories into a contest, and it was published. I ended up getting a career in education, but couldn’t find much work. With the extra time I had, I wanted to take up more reading. One day after finishing a book and looking for something else to devour, I got a story idea and began tapping at my keys. After that, I didn’t want to stop.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Are you kidding? I have a top five for every genre! How about I tell you what I’ve been reading lately? Right now, I’m reading, Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell. I’m up to date of Penelope Bloom’s Objects of Attraction Series, and next up I’m reading Lauren Blakely’s, The Dating Proposal.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

What a fantastic idea! I’d love to do literary talk show. I’d want to ask most authors where they get their ideas from and what their process is. I’d also like to see their writing space!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

All my life, people have commented that I ‘drift away’. When I write, I’m in my own little bubble and can imagine and reimagine stories. The best part is, I can come and go as I please.

What is a typical day like for you?

I’m a mama, so there’s no typical day for me. My children are two and four and my day-to-day my schedule changes per the needs of my family. On a day where I write, I drop my son off at school, get some play time with my daughter. While she naps, I sneak away to my office and tap at the keyboard. Writing is my passion and my escape; it’s my me time.

What scene in Model Behavior was your favorite to write?

Aside for the steamy scenes, there were two scenes I enjoyed writing; the Meet Cute and Hannah’s visit to Central Park. With the Meet Cute, I loved the building tension between my main characters and the banter of Donna and Alexandra. Hannah’s time in Central Park is unexpected, and not something I’d normally write, but it seemed appropriate for Hannah and James. It fit with the rest of the story. I can’t say much more about that scene without giving away spoilers.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” I know. It’s not exactly inspirational, but it describes how I live.

Model Behavior: A Steamy Fashion Romance (The Slow Burn Series Book 2)

 

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Interview with S.C. McGrath, Author of To the Waters and the Wild

What can you tell us about your new release, To the Waters and the Wild?

To the Waters and the Wild tells the story of Keelin, a fearless chieftain’s daughter. Gifted by the gods in the arts of healing and telepathy, and destined to become a priestess, she nonetheless rails against such a solitary and self-sacrificing life. When Eire is threatened by Roman invaders, Keelin must resolve her internal strife and join clan warriors to save her island from destruction.

To the Waters and the Wild is loosely anchored in history and filled with fantasy, excitement, and danger.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was inspired by the books read to me by my parents when I was young. To name a few, The Story of Ferdinand (Munro Leaf & Robert Lawson), The Story about Ping (Marjorie Flack & Kurt Wiese), The Secret Garden, and A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) introduced me to the power of storytelling, the joy of reading, and the beauty of language.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I don’t really have a top 5 list of best books. Instead, there are books that stayed with me long after I finished the last page. Ones that come to mind are, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith), Green Mansions (W.H. Hudson), Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck), Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell), and The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett).

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I must say that the thought of being a host of a literary talk show terrifies me. However, if I was, I would probably chose to interview someone like David McCullough who writes wonderful nonfiction books such as The Path Between the Seas. Those writers who can make history come alive are incredibly gifted. I would love to know how much research they do on the characters and personalities of the men and women they write about.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is the ability to make my dream world come alive. I also love language and how words can flow together perfectly to create emotions, sensations, and images.

What is a typical day like for you?

My day starts early (5am, yikes!). I usually do my best thinking and writing in the morning. Sometimes my best ideas come while walking my dogs or riding my lovable big horse, Flanagan. My husband and I are lucky enough to live close to our two grandchildren so we see and help care for them almost daily. Although retired from my career as a CPA with an international biotechnology company, I am busier than ever with my writing, family, and friends!

What scene in To the Waters and the Wild was your favorite to write?

I love the scene with Keelin and the falcon, Bronach. The battle chapter is also a favorite simply because it was the most difficult to write effectively. I not only researched Roman battle strategies and tactics, but I also drew a map of the bay where the Romans landed, the battlefield itself and the positions of the various combatants, and finally, of the field camps and infirmaries.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I think Carl Sandburg said it best: Nothing happens unless first we dream.

S.C. McGrath is the author of the new book To the Waters and the Wild.

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Interview with Emma Calin, author of Power

What can you tell us about your new release, Power?

Power is the latest in my steamy romance series about tough but sexy girl cops. All life, human and animal is about Power and the desire for it. Cops have power but are constrained by the law. Crooks have no boundaries and that gives them a unique power. In this story a young American congressman on the way up seeks to be president but also rejoices in his power to bring erotic joy to his woman. Power is just a way of describing relationships, the universe and the human condition.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

As a kid I loved stories. The saddest day of my life was when I realized that magic wasn’t true. I loved bible stories, movies, newspapers, comics and of course books. A neighbor gave me an old fashioned book called “Missing From Home” by a writer called Geoffrey Trease. I loved it so much but lost it somehow in a house move. I just wanted to write stories like that. I had a teacher who thought I had a gift for writing whereas most people said I was plain useless. I think of her every time I write.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

1. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy.
2. A Round-Heeled Woman, Jane Juska
3.The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffeneger.
4. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
5.The Davinci Code, Dan Brown.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Tough question….I think it would be Jane Juska who wrote A Round-Heeled woman. She wrote shamelessly about the female sexual need and I’d ask how people around her responded to her frankness. In her book she clearly liked and admired men so I might ask her what she thought of feminism in 2019.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Simple – Power! I can create the characters I want and maybe get the kind of results I want. The truth is that my deepest relationships are with the characters in my books. The saddest thing about writing is when I write that last sentence and we kind of say goodbye. Maybe that’s why each of my standalone books brings back old friends from earlier stories. I love seeing how they’ve evolved. The oddest and most marvelous thing about writing is that once the characters come to life, they are unique individuals who pull the story along outside of my own will. When this happens it does feel weird but it’s one of the greatest joys in writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

The truth is that a writer spends more time on promotion and publicity than on actually writing books. My day starts with my in-box and social media activity. As soon as I can, I get down to writing. To get back into the “feel” of the story I read and re-write the stuff from the day before. Once I start writing I do tend to lose track of time and snap back to life when my partner tells me he’s fixed dinner or it’s time for bed. At least three times a week I try to get out for a tandem cycle ride, a river trip in our kayak or a long brisk walk. I just don’t have the knees for running. While I’m waiting for the computer to warm up or loading a video I have some free weights and do some exercises. Later in the day I speak to my partner about police procedures and matters of law (he’s an ex London cop) to ensure that things stay accurate. I’d like to say I have a glass of wine but currently I’m on a diet and I try not to tempt myself. I have to confess that stuff like shopping, dusting and domestic dross get lost or pushed aside.

What scene in Power was your favorite to write?

I shouldn’t admit it but I do like the sex scenes because they really are a challenge. You can end up repeating the same stuff that readers have seen so many times. I have to feel I’m there and at the end I know if I’ve hit the spot if I need a cold shower or …..you know, to calm myself down in some way. In the final session of Power, Jackson and Olivia make love. In the course of their story she has learned a lot about life and her own nature. In her need to embrace the animal in all life, however civilized, she bites his flesh to discover a new aspect of her uninhibited self. If I can cheat and add another scene it would be a daring chase across the Bay of Naples in kayaks. I loved writing that because it was very much from experience.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Yes, I do and just wish I could always stick to it. It goes “If you’re not on top of the job, the job is on top of you.”

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Interview with Nejoud Al-Yagout, author of When the Haboob Sings

What can you tell us about your new release, When the Haboob Sings?

It is a novel that touches on a subject that is both feared and ignored in my part of the world: apostasy.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Meditate. Meditate. Meditate. Rinse and repeat.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

I would spend that extra hour researching all the scientific and spiritual theories of how and why twenty-four hours became twenty-five! And once the novelty of having entered a portal of another temporal paradigm wore off, I would add that extra hour to my daily reading regimen.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

The notion of transcendence. It brings me joy because I see what is possible beneath (or beyond) our self-imposed illusions.

What scene in When the Haboob Sings was your favorite to write?

The opening scene where the protagonist Dunya Khair is in a prison cell because I knew that a book was in the making. I just knew.

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Interview with Lauren Blakely, author of Satisfaction Guaranteed

What can you tell us about your new release, Satisfaction Guaranteed?

It’ll make you purr!! Especially if you’re in the mood for a sexy, swoony second chance romance! Plus, it’s a return to my readers’ favorite genre from me — the male POV rom-com!

What are you reading right now?

I’m loving Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and when I finish that I’ll dive into Super Fan by Sarina Bowen, who I adore

What is a book you can return to again and again?

Harry Potter! Naturally. I read and listened to it many times with my son and now my daughter is on the 6th book so it’s fun to experience it again through her excitement!

What’s rocking your world this month?

Popcorn! Gah, is there anything more addictive than black pepper chia seed popcorn? I think not!

What scene in Satisfaction Guaranteed was your favorite to write?

I LOVED writing the scenes where Malone, our hero, is at the lounge-bar where he moonlights as a crooner after hours. I just love the crooner vibe!

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | June 11

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Clive Cussler, Mike Maden, Blake Crouch, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | June 11

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Lauren Blakely, Emma Calin, Kelli Callahan, Jo Watson, Alexa Summers, Loni Ree, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | June 11

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Nejoud, Al-Yagout, Jennifer Weiner, Ruth Hogan, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | June 11

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Stephen C. Perkins, Glynn Stewart, Orson Scott Card, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from S.C. McGrath, Michael Anderle, Jeff Wheller, Keri Arther, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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